Logistical Support Analysis


LSA is the process of analysing elements of a forming system design, to influence that design and the support requirements, as well as identifying the resources needed to provide the support environment required by the user to operate and maintain that system to optimal cost.

Why it matters

A system that is not optimised for its support environment will have high Life Cycle Costs and may be non-maintainable, thereby making the system non-competitive.

If the correct (or complete) support resource is defined, this will impact positively on supportability, cost and customer satisfaction.


Level 1 - Awareness

  1. Has an appreciation of the need for LSA, and possessing an awareness of what this involves.
  2. Is aware of the defacto standards relevant to the specific platform/domain.

Level 2 - Supervised Practitioner

  1. Able to generate a logistic EBS (Electronic Bid System) to the appropriate standard.
  2. Able to create a simple Spares R&S (Readiness & Supportability) model.
  3. Able to generate simple LSA & trade studies, in accordance with the appropriate standard(s).
  4. Able to extract, control and accurately input data in a simple model.
  5. Has an understanding of appropriate codification processes.
  6. Able to populate and maintain LSAR (Logistical Support Analysis Reporting) to the appropriate standard(s).
  7. Familiar with the appropriate tools to support the analyses.
  8. Able to generate appropriate Plans and Reports.

Level 3 - Practitioner

  1. Able to understand and interpret the holistic overview of the LSA, and trade studies tasks.
  2. Able to identify performance drivers, risks and opportunities.
  3. Able to propose design requirements and influence changes to the system design appropriate to the LSA needs.
  4. Able to generate and defend analyses and predictions using the domain tools and ad hoc approaches.
  5. Able to generate CBA (Cost Benefit Analyses) to support proposed mitigation activities.
  6. Understand and able to interpret defacto standards within the domain.
  7. Able to generate and present clear and focussed reports to customers.
  8. Able to optimally tailor the data & task requirements for the LSAR.
  9. Able to guide Supervised Practitioner.
  10. Able to generate estimates for LSA activities to support bids and CBA.

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